The preoccupation and inspiration for Dameon Priestly's paintings is the story behind the picture - what is not seen. Is there such a thing as an average man or woman? Is there ever such a thing as an average day? What goes on in the minds of the sexes and what happens behind closed doors? Dameon's paintings engage in a series of narratives which subtly weave their way through the paintings: a visual depiction of what can lie beneath the surface; at times in a seemingly innocent image. Dameon's view of the world may be termed dark by some; his series of paintings reveal the 'strangeness' concealed behind the seemingly banal and random monotony of life’s' experiences and human behaviour. The stories they tell are those which the viewer does not necessarily want to know; and yet forces them to fill in that which is not always apparent, resulting in the uncomfortable recognition of a disturbing undertone. Dameon depicts people seeking an alternative life – trying to achieve the ‘American dream’ - and sees straight to the fragile hearts of his characters without ever becoming sentimental. With rare exceptions, his stories end with disturbing circumstances; as he captures his subject's quiet desperation, with full emotional tension, anxiety and melancholy. Portrayed against everyday backdrops where the drama unfolds. His work lends itself to those basics of old-fashioned storytelling: plot, character, and action. The culminating results within the paintings are sometimes both simultaneously beautiful and haunting; or arresting in their strength. Dameon sources literature; both fact and fiction, movies, religion, social and political history as his inspirational pool; he lives and works in London and has sold paintings nationally and internationally.
Biography: Dameon Priestly Born: 1966 Belfast, Northern Ireland. Graduated University of Ulster 1988 - BA Hons 2:1 Fashion and Textiles - Design and Illustration (Irish Design graduate of the year). Currently living and working in London. ARTICLES Dealer Deluxe Portrait: Dameon Priestly Autumn 2008 Artsource Newsletter - Online Magazine Dameon Priestly: The Messages Between the Layers April 2008 Hackney Gazette Extra Thursday 14 June 2007 States of the Art London Informer Editorial Friday 27 October, 2006 Blasphemy or Fair Comment Nude Magazine Issue 7 winter 2005 EXHIBITION HISTORY Current - work on exhibition 2008 Esmond Robinson Gallery, London Archangel Gallery, Ireland Waterstone's Garrick Street, London Forth coming exhibition 2008 Sulphur Skies, Oily Coins (18 September-14 November) Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH Previous group exhibition 2007 Florence Biennale 1-9 December 2007 Invited to exhibit at the Florence Biennale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Italy Previous solo exhibitions 2007: Lady Luck 12 July - 24 November Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH Lady Luck 13 June - 1 July My Life in Art, 4 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ 2006: Malice in Wonderland Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH Missing series 2 Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M 2005: Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH Jeffery West, County Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds LS1 6BW The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London SW3 Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH 2004: The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London SW3 Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M The Mint Bar, Chalk Farm 2003: Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M The Mint Bar, Chalk Farm, London Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London 2002: Devonshire Mews Members Lounge, London Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London East London Gallery, London 2001: Devonshire Mews Members Lounge, London Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London 2000: Elm's Lester Paintings Rooms, London Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London 23 Romily Street, Private Members Lounge, London 1999: East London Gallery, London Vic Naylors Restaurant, London Jeffery West, Piccadilly, London
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